Anime director Miyazaki Retires with The Wind Rises

It was completely unexpected. But an honored master of his craft earned the right to pick his finale. It was announced at the Venice International Film Festival that Hayao Miyazaki is retiring from filmmaking, and will be making a formal announcement at a press conference in Tokyo next week. Although he has stated he would retire before, claiming Princess Mononoke was going to be his last film, he continued his work at the studio he co-founded, Studio Ghibli. Miyazaki has been a major influence on Japanese animation and is probably the only animated movie director from Japan that many Americans can name.

His best known films, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle and Spirited Away, just to name a few, have made their way into the hearts and DVD/Blu-Ray collections of many households. His films have won much acclaim and many awards including the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2002 for Spirited Away. It is also worth noting that while digital technology was used to keep up with the release deadline for Princess Mononoke, Studio Ghibli uses hand drawn animation for its projects. His final film, The Wind rises, premiered at Venice International Film Festival and will have its North American premier at the Toronto International Film Festival.

While there is a notable sadness from Miyazaki’s legions of fans, it is with much respect and admiration that we wish him a fond farewell in his retirement. Studio Ghibli will continue on and we will continue to enjoy the legendary works of this legendary creator.

Written By: Victor Hernandez

Victor is a graduate of San Antonio College with a degree in Radio and Television Broadcasting. He served nine years in the Army, U.S. Army Reserve, and National Guard in electronic warfare and served one year in Iraq as an interrogator. Victor lives with his wife and cats in Texas, writes for his own blog, and writes for Sci Fi Pulse.

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